Solskjaer: ‘It may seem strange, but I prefer to play return leg at Camp Nou’



Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was upbeat after his side were drawn against Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, insisting that they would have to beat everyone if they are to lift the trophy.

The Red Devils fought back from difficult circumstances in the previous round to eliminate Paris Saint-Germain, coming back from a 2-0 deficit to advance on away goals after winning 3-1 in the French capital.

Although his side will be at Old Trafford for the first leg, the Norwegian is far from unhappy about that fact.

“I prefer that the second leg be played in the Camp Nou, which is probably different from 99.9 percent of coaches,” he said.

“If you can get a decent result at home then we can go away and beat anyone, like we did in Paris.

“We are looking forward to this tie and are happy to be here. If you want to win the Champions League, you must beat anyone.”

The Norwegian is responsible for one of the most famous goals in United’s history when he netted the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final, which came at the Camp Nou against Bayern Munich, although he was keen to steer the focus away from himself.

“Some friends have reminded me of that final 20 years ago, but this is a new challenge,” he concluded.